It’s kind of fitting that the latest parody of E.L. James‘ erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey would bring to mind one of the biggest literary spoofs of the past five years. See, just like Seth Grahame-Smith inserted the undead into Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, here “William Codpiece Thwackery” has rewritten Fifty Shades, but with Mr. Darcy standing in for Christian Grey.
That’s right, it’s Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy, and it’s coming out on November 1st. The parallels to James’ novel are very clear, and judging from the synopsis it’s a very cheeky send-up. And I have to say, Mr. Darcy’s Blue Broom Cupboard of Seriously Kinky Shit sounds a lot more fun than Mr. Grey’s Red Room of Pain:
Lizzy Steele had been brought up to be a proper lady with perfect manners, skilled in conversation, and well respected in the community. But when Mr. Elliot Bingley comes to court Lizzy’s sister, she is given the opportunity to learn a somewhat different skill set upon her introduction to his friend, a Mr. Christian Darcy. It only takes one chance meeting with this tall, dark stranger for Lizzy to be lured into Darcy’s secret world of lascivious practices and lusty urges.
Drawn like a moth to his flame, Lizzy is the mistress of her own undoing, for Darcy has made no protestations of love; indeed, his intentions were made plain from the outset. But even the most innocent and well brought-up of young ladies have urges, and as Lizzy learns that a riding crop isn’t just used for going for a canter on her pony, a whole new world is revealed to her—shaded black and leather-clad.
“William Codpiece Thwackery” is actually Tessa Clayton, author of The Bennet Sisters. While promoting her book a few months ago, she acknowledged that, at her publishers’ insistence, she’d decided to try her hand at parody. Writing 2,000 words a day, she had it done in about six weeks. Aligning the plot with Pride and Prejudice made for a bigger challenge, but she had a lot of fun with it:
“I followed the basic plot of Pride and Prejudice, and of course the setting and language is mostly 19th century. But there are also plenty of elements of 50 Shades thrown in – the scene in the hardware shop is now set in a haberdasher’s, for example, and Charlie Tango features, except it’s a hot-air balloon rather than a plane. And of course, my Mr Darcy – like Christian Grey – is a raging perv with plenty of ‘issues.’”
One Tumblr user got her hands on an early copy of the book and has posted some choice lines. Rest assured, Lizzy does indeed have an Inner Goddess—although here it’s her Subconscious, Inner Slapper, and Gaydar. Yes.
Of course, this isn’t the first instance of Jane Austen erotica; plenty of people have already guessed what Darcy and Lizzy are like in the bedroom. But you can tell that Clayton has so much fun with this!
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